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Nancy Sasamoto advises management in all aspects of employment law, as well as represents business interests in complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution. A trusted advisor, Nancy is dedicated to understanding client priorities within the framework of each organization’s specific goals and tolerance for risk. She has also advised on employment law and commercial litigation matters where hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars are at stake.

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Nancy’s employment law expertise includes defending employers in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in matters that involve claims of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful discharge, violations of wage and hour statutes and the enforcement of covenants not to compete. She has extensive experience with executive employment contracts, severance agreements and personnel policies, as well as with issues related to leaves of absence, harassment investigations and employee fraud and embezzlement. She also assists clients in implementing reductions in force and restructurings. Moreover, Nancy is an experienced trainer and frequently presents programs on harassment prevention, legal compliance and business ethics.

In addition, Nancy represents business clients in commercial litigation and in administrative matters before federal agencies that involve such issues as antitrust, licensing and intellectual property. She has successfully litigated large-scale and complex distribution disputes, dealer termination, breach of warranty, trademark infringement and trade secret cases. Her outstanding writing abilities and honed, productive communication skill, together with her personal commitment, help to achieve the right result for the clients she serves.

Nancy is a frequent author and speaker on employment law and commercial litigation topics. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Washington University, J.D., 1980
  • University of Illinois, B.S., 1977

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: 5th, 7th, 10th & Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Experience

Experience

In a putative FLSA collective action case filed in Tennessee against a manufacturer and its sister company in Ohio, obtained dismissal of the Ohio company and successfully settled the case before class certification.

Based on extensive experience asserting arguments under the Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treaty between the U.S. and Japan, brought in to represent a foreign-owned company in New Jersey in an age discrimination case and resolved the case on favorable terms in mediation.

Obtained dismissal of all counts asserted against a logistics company in a suit by a discharged employee alleging pregnancy discrimination and violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Obtained a summary judgment for a foreign employer in federal case brought by a discharged employee alleging national origin discrimination based on alleged favored treatment of expatriate employees.
Obtained a preliminary injunction for a foreign machine tool manufacturer in a trademark infringement action against a former president of U.S. subsidiary.

Represented, as lead attorney, a former CFO in a 10-day trial under the Whistleblower's Protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Obtained a favorable verdict for a foreign automobile parts manufacturer in a jury trial with discharged employee, who alleged disability discrimination under Michigan state law.

Investigated serious allegations of sexual harassment against the President of a corporate client by investigating the allegations, culminating with terminating the President; the result was that no claims were asserted against the company by employees or the former President.

Represented a foreign government before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Illinois Department of Human Rights, obtaining the dismissal of all charges.

Defended an equipment manufacturer against claims of trademark infringement, including defeating attempts to obtain a preliminary injunctive relief; after the case was dismissed, Ms. Sasamoto argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the dismissal.

Memberships

Memberships

American Bar Association
Asian American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Litigation Counsel of America
Professional Activities
Legal Updates/Client Advisories
Trimming the Employer's Arguments, the Seventh Circuit Upholds Claim of Male-on-Male Harassment under Title VII
Executive Summary While there have been cases where conduct was found to be “sexual horseplay” that could give rise to tort liability…
Terminated CEO's Complaints to the Board Not Protected "Whistleblowing" As No Requirement Under Federal Law to Report Every "Managerial Hiccup"
Executive Summary The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 forbids publically traded companies from retaliating against an employee for any…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - November 2017
Update on the Overtime Rule By Frank Del Barto On Monday, October 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") announced plans "to…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - August 2017
SAVE THE DATE: September 28, 2017 - Annual Seminar On Thursday, September 28, 2017, the Employment, Labor and Benefits group will hold its…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - February 2017
Annual Seminar Reminder MFEM's Immigration Group will hold its 2017 Annual Immigration Law Update Seminar on Friday, February 24, 2017, at…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - August 2016
The Seventh Circuit Affirms: No Federal Protection from Sexual Orientation Discrimination Without Action by the U.S. Supreme Court or…
Employers Must Provide a Notice of Immunity in Any Contract or Agreement that Governs the Use of Trade Secrets or Confidential Information
Executive Summary: On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 ("DTSA") into law. Under the DTSA, trade…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - May 2016
New Act, New Remedies: DTSA To Provide Additional Protection for Trade Secret Owners and Whistleblowers By Nancy Sasamoto With President…
Employment, Labor & Benefits Update - February 2016
Employment – New Guidance Makes Clear That DOL Will Look For, and Likely Find Joint Employment Under FLSA By Nancy Sasamoto Last July…
Speaking Engagements
The Knowledge Group's webcast entitled "EEOC's Conciliation Efforts: Reviewability – Truth & Consequences for the Employer in 2015 and Beyond"
Events
2017 Employment, Labor & Benefits Group Complimentary Seminar
9.28.17
EMPLOYMENT, LABOR & BENEFITS GROUP COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR Continental breakfast will be provided. Topics: The Trump Administration's…
News
Masuda Funai Hosts 2018 Employment Seminar
Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. hosted its annual Employment Seminar on Thursday, September 27, 2018. Approximately 120 executives…
Litigation Snapshot 2017
Highlighting a Few of our Litigation Practice Group Successes Bankruptcy: Equipment Supplier’s Victory Against Bankrupt Debtor, December…
Masuda Funai Showcases Excellence in Litigation Wins March/April 2017
CHICAGO – Masuda Funai's litigators continued their string of recent victories with two wins in employment-related litigation over the last…
Publications
Chapter: "Practical and Legal Considerations Prior to Conducting the Audit" - Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education's (IICLE) award-winning handbook, Conducting the Employment Practices Audit
Distinctions

Distinctions

  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2011